[color=indigo]Today, I bought my first sock yarn at my new LYS. :cheering:
It’s Schoeller-Stahl’s Big Print, a nice self-striping, multi-tone red US 5 superwash. There was not a whole lot to choose from in US size 5. Shop owner specializes in socks and had hundreds of great yarns in sizes 1-4, mostly size 2. I envisioned all too many stitches on size 2 needles for my first pair, so I went with the size 5.
She said that size 2 socks averaged about 27,000 sts per pair, and that starting out with a heavier yarn might protect me against “S.S.S. - Second Sock Syndrome”, a kind of knitter’s remorse. I hope so. I need a project to animate me a bit, after working (still) on the Cursed Ribbon Yarn Triangular Shawl from Hell since before Valentine’s Day.
I have a long, long size 5 Magic Loop needle, 2 size 5 circs, and a new set of five 5" size 5 bamboo DPNs. I knitted up a coupla inches in 2x2 ribbing with each technique just to be sure I understood each method. The 2 circs seemed to be the faster of the three and seemed more logical. Do not appreciate any advantages of the ML method (?). The self-styled “empress of socks” at the LYS said that she has never appreciated the value of MLK for socks, and uses either 2 circs or DPNs, depending on the yarn and pattern. DPNs are fun and very portable. I may try switching from one to another, unless someone here cautions me against such folly. :teehee:
I know I am a happier knitter without that dreaded shawl for a while, so I’m ready to “soc it to 'em”.